James Stewart of the Glen

James Stewart Of The Glen

James Stewart of the Glen

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James Stewart, known as James of the Glens, Seamus a’ Ghlinne and James Stewart of Acharn (b. before 1700 - November 8, 1752 in Glen Duror, Scotland) was a Scotsman famous for being wrongfully accused and hanged for being accessory to the killing of Colin Roy Campbell (a.k.a. "The Red Fox"). The murder is famously dubbed the Appin Murder.

After his execution, James' body was left hanging at the south end of the Ballachulish Ferry for eighteen months as a warning to other clans with rebellious intentions. Over those months, Stewart's body was beaten and battered by winds and rain. As it eventually deteriorated, the skeletal remains were held together with chains and wire.

James Stewart makes a cameo appearance in the novel Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson. Several accounts of the Appin Murder have published since 1752, the most recent being "Culloden and the Last Clansman" by Dr. James Hunter, Mainstream Publishing (October 1, 2001). An editorial review of this novel follows:

In May 1752 in the Scottish Highlands, a rider is shot dead by a hidden gunman. The murdered man is Colin Campbell, a government agent heading for nearby Duror where he plans to evict Duror's farming tenants and replace them with his relatives. Colin Campbell's killer escapes. But Britain's rulers insist that this challenge to their authority must be...
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